WR Braxton Berrios Profile
Berrios saw the sites, talked to the coaches and met some of the players. Surprisingly, he went back home to Raleigh without an offer from the Tigers.
Or so he thought.
"Funny story, each of the coaches thought the other one was going to do it. That's why I didn't get it yesterday," Berrios told CUTigers on Thursday night.
"It was in the back of my head. They basically told me they were ready to offer. They told my coach. My coach said they sent him an e-mail [which] basically said they're going to offer, just get him down here."
Thursday morning, Berrios met with Leesville Road High School head coach Chad Smothers to give a rundown on how the visit went.
Berrios said there was no offer.
"[Smothers] goes, ‘I'm going to call them, see why. They made it seem like they were going to.' So he ended up calling them and they basically said it was a huge miscommunication," Berrios said. "Coach [Robbie] Caldwell thought coach [Jeff] Scott was going to do it. Coach Scott kind of thought coach [Dabo] Swinney was going to do it.
"So I was a little surprised. I was really intrigued on knowing why. My coach called and told me when I was off campus at lunch today. He said it was a miscommunication. It was a relief and definitely a surprise."
The Clemson offer joined Duke, East Carolina, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, UNC, N.C. State, Northwestern, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia. Georgia Tech offered on Friday.
Ranked by Scout.com as the No. 72 wide receiver in the country, Berrios has yet to narrow down his list.
"That's something I'm going to do, probably, towards the end of spring, my top-five, top-six, whatever," he said. "I really don't know. I thought I had an idea until this whole process truly became a reality.
"It's safe to say that Clemson is one of my better offers, obviously. It's a great school, a great program. Regardless of what my top is, whether it is a top-five, top-eight, top-six, Clemson will be in it. It was a big offer for me. It meant a ton. It was one that I had kind of been chasing for a while."
On track to graduate in December, Berrios plans to make his decision in the early part of his senior season.
As a junior, Berrios had 760 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,142 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Berrios had over 1,200 yards rushing, 400 passing, 550 receiving and 24 total touchdowns as a sophomore. On the defensive side of the ball, he had 34 tackles, five interceptions, and two fumble recoveries.
Berrios talks Clemson offer
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